2015 Ames Scholarship Winner :: Erin Kim

Bernard J. Goba and Erin S. Kim, John Worthington Ames Scholarship Winner; Photo by Molly Chase

Ames Sholarship 2015 Winner to Explore Design Challenges of Hosting Olympics

Erin Kim, B.Arch '15, will travel to Beijing, Athens, Barcelona, and London to learn from previous Olympic host cities

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce Erin Kim, B.Arch '15, as the 2015 John Worthington Ames Scholarship winner. The John Worthington Ames Scholarship is awarded annually to a BAC student to pursue personal development through an educational travel experience related to architecture and design.

To coincide with the timeliness of the Boston 2024 Olympic Bid, Erin plans to use the scholarship to support her travel to past Olympic host cities including Beijing, Athens, Barcelona, and London to see what Boston could learn from the successes and failures of each. Specifically, she intends to study how the buildings were planned and adapted for future use, if the infrastructures of the cities were changed as a result of the Olympics, and how the games affected the local communities.

As part of her proposal for the scholarship, Erin plans to connect the BAC with her research. This includes the possibility of teaching a studio revolving around the Olympics or hosting a workshop or design charette to get students involved with this trending design topic.

"I hope to use this opportunity to get more involved with the school as an alumna," said Erin. "It could also serve as a springboard to pursue a graduate degree to further my career goals."

As a BAC student, Erin was active within the community, specifically through the Gateway program. She worked on three gateway projects: ImprovBoston, Transition House, and a steel design competition for the ACSA-AISC Student Design competition. Currently, Erin works as a designer at Garofalo Design Associates specializing in public work for housing authorities, municipalities, and schools.

The John Worthington Ames Scholarship was established in 1955 by Mrs. John Worthington Ames in memory of her husband, a distinguished Boston architect and dedicated supporter of the BAC. The scholarship has provided access to BAC students to expand their studies across the globe as well as the opportunity to enrich the BAC community by reporting on their findings after their travels.

Past recipients have traveled to Spain and Portugal to study adaptive re-use and urban design, to St. Francis Basilica to study architectural reconstruction and art restoration after earthquake devastation, to the Netherlands and Bangladesh to research sea level rise mitigation strategies, and to Sweden to study the successes and failures of a country striving to make itself an energy independent leader in sustainable design.